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“Closer to Heaven”
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The mill at sunrise
night sky (January 2015) Check for meteor showers on google for breathtaking nights under the stars.
This is our chemical free and beautiful natural swimming pool.
The master bedroom
beanbags for hiding away with a book
double bedroom
the snug
DVD and Books in the lounge and staircase to the master bedroom.
The swimming pool
a favourite spot for breakfast
just swimming here is a unique experience...
Sunset on the mill
our favourite dining area
The BBQ at sunrise
just one place to curl up with a good book
The front door
the swing
the outhouse - its's just where we store stuff.
more milky way
spectacular night skies
The milky way
Springtime is so colourful
Autumn
early morning walk
Zambugiera
nearby lake
the drive
The gate guardian
not a bad spot for breakfast
November 2009
Spring sunrise
Th sand terrace
morning after a November storm
evening by the bio-pool
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 7
Ourique, Beja District, Alentejo

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Barry M
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Closer to Heaven”
Reviewed June 3, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

This is our second visit to Mill on the Hill. The pool is warm, the views are fab. The Mill has everything you need for a relaxing trip but close to beaches and a train ride for a day trip toLisbon

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176anna95
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Rural hideaway with amazing views”
Reviewed December 28, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
3
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Overlooking the village and with views up to the horizon the windmill's location is truly extraordinary. Away from everything yet near enough to the coast this place let's you unwind. Kids loved feeding the goats coming uphill and of course the resident cat. We had some off's with electricity but when the sun was out it charged back. The eco-pool is fantastic with a swimming area and plants. Locals are friendly and we had great meals nearby. Very special!

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Management Response
Dec 29, 2016
Thank you for the lovely review. Very much appreciated and we're so very glad you enjoyed your stay. Mark & Rachel
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pjcnfk
Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Getting away from it all - in every sense!”
Reviewed July 4, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
2
people found this review helpful

A beautiful mill sensitively adapted to afford peace and tranquil relaxtion within an eco-friendly environment. Total antidote to today's high pressured life style, swim in the eco-pool, relax in the hammock, take in the unspoilt landscape and wonder at the night sky free from light pollution. On reflection, maybe a small SUV would have given a greater ground clearance on the demanding approach up to the mill!

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Liked best: 360 degree views of beautiful landscape
Liked least: The drive approaching the property!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Aug 6, 2016
Thank you for the lovely review. It means a lot to us :)
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Barry M
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A large slice of heaven”
Reviewed April 17, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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Well, the mill on the hill exceeded all expectations. For starters it is much larger then we thought and there is plenty of room in the garden including, hammocks hanging from trees, a swing for the children and lots of sun-traps.
If you like peace and quite but access to interesting towns coupled with wildlife, panoramic views - then this is it!. Beaches are easily accessible 40-60 mins drive.
The owner, Mark, is very helpful and provides comprehensive advice on beaches, towns and places to relax. There are two wood-burning stoves and a stack of oak logs should the evenings be chilly. A huge DVD library, bird-watching guide and book library too. It is very homely. Plenty of hot water etc plus free Wi-Fi.
Its so quiet all we could hear was nightingales and goat bells.
If you are a photographer or lover of wild flowers or a birder you will just love it. Golden oriole, nightingale and booted eagle whilst sitting round the pool. And 40 mins away, at Castro Verde, great bustard (though you need to know exactly where to go).
What more can we say? our two children (2 and 4) loved the whole experience.

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Liked best: the tranquility of the location high on a hill
Liked least: it was all good!
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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wendypops...
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Hilltop delight”
Reviewed March 1, 2016 for a stay in November 2015
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Romantic out of the way Mill - fab for us and our doggies loved it there! Lots of good hill walking right from the door. The natural swimming pong looked very inviting but water was too cold when we were there - would imagine fab in warmer weather !

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Electricity system!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Friends getaway People with pets
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reebeeYor...
Yorkshire
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4 reviews
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“Simply idyllic!”
Reviewed May 30, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We spent a wonderful week at the Mill in April 2015. The Mill and its gardens are fantastic, plenty of places to relax by yourself or socialise with a group. The amenities at the Mill are great, there’s even a huge dvd library and games player for the odd inclement day.
We loved the attention that has gone into making it as eco as possible, and it appears to be totally off grid. The eco pool is fantastic!
The area around the Mill is very Portuguese, and the people in the local village are very friendly, we spent an evening in the village restaurant and we treated fantastically and made to feel very at home.
We can’t recommend the Mill enough, we’ve been trying to write a review for a few weeks and everything sounded contrite but the fact is, it’s a great place for a romantic week or a base to explore this area of Portugal. Even the drive to the Mill is fantastic, with what seems like hundreds of Stork nests on pole tops.

Can’t wait to return!

Ann-Marie and Neil

Traveling group: Friends
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Prof_Hatm...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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“The most peaceful place in Portugal”
Reviewed May 18, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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This is a beautiful, tranquil spot and a great place to recharge batteries. The mill itself is quaint but it has all you need to cook a great meal (with Portuguese ingredients) and generally chill on terrace. If it is actually chilly evening - rather than chilling - there are log stoves in the kitchen and lounge (although we only needed these twice on April evenings). There is even a visiting cat who appreciates a box of food from the local supermarket!

Local wine is superb!

Apart from relaxing, there is not a great deal to do in the immediate vicinity, but a 40 minute drive gets you to a range of excellent and very quiet beaches that my kids loved (so we did this a lot). In the opposite direction there is a supermarket 20 minutes away that is reasonably large. One very local highlight if you like horses is , a great stable owned by very knowledgeable English people who were very helpful and set us up with a great hack. There is a handbook of places to go locally, but we did not use this as the beaches and stables were enough for our kids (aged 10 and 13). There are several good restaurants around and I will try to review these separately.

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Liked best: Peace and location
Traveling group: Extended Family
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